Charleston is a magical coastal town.
Bright pastels splash 100-year-old buildings. Walking along cobblestone while having the Atlantic Ocean along your side, leaves you feeling like you're in a European coastal town rather than a pocket of the American South. Old money has built homes that can only be left to the imagination. And yet kids who mirror today's Southern California beach city natives, also wander the flea markets and ride their Vespa's - all within the same town.
And somewhere in this mix of traditional Southern culture and contemporary hipster flare, the need to preserve is also met with this need to elevate, to be better. Food from land and sea will undoubtedly knock your socks off as a waiter lists off its seasonal, organic ingredients. An 1800's market that once operated as a slave auctioning facility, still stands in its sobering walls as a piece of history that cannot be unwritten. And yet, just downtown at the Emmanuel African Methodist Church, flowers rest at its entrance; a dark reminder of the mass shooting that occurred not only four months ago.
Charleston, as colorful it is in its appearance, is complex in its story. Today Charleston writes each page with a new mindset, great quality and an instilled historical pride. The food and coffee scene reflect its movement and is a testament to how they have landed themselves one of the best places to eat and drink on the East Coast.
Up next: A look into the coffee scene through a leader and O.G.of Charleston's coffee scene: Black Tap Coffee.
The Coffee Nomad